American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To follow in an effort to overtake or capture; chase: a fox that was pursued by hounds.
- v. To strive to gain or accomplish: pursue lofty political goals.
- v. To proceed along the course of; follow: a ship that pursued the southern course.
- v. To carry further; advance: Let's not pursue this argument.
- v. To be engaged in (a vocation or hobby, for example).
- v. To court: a lady who was pursued by many suitors.
- v. To continue to torment or afflict; haunt: was pursued by the demons of lust and greed.
- v. To follow in an effort to overtake or capture; chase.
- v. To carry on; continue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To follow; proceed along; follow in action.
- To follow with the view of overtaking; follow with haste; chase; hunt: as, to pursue a hare; to pursue a fleeing enemy.
- To seek; seek to obtain: as, to pursue a remedy at law; to pursue pleasure.
- To follow close upon; attend; be present with; accompany.
- To follow vindictively or with enmity; persecute; treat with hostility; seek to injure.
- To follow as a principle of action, profession, trade, or occupation; prosecute; practise systematically; carry on.
- To follow up; continue; proceed with.
- To endeavor; try.
- Synonyms To track, hound.
- To strive for.
- To conduct, keep up, persist in.
- To give chase; charge.
- To seek; endeavor; try.
- To go on; continue; proceed.
- To sue; act as prosecutor; take legal steps as plaintiff or prosecutor.
- n. Pursuit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or with haste; to chase.
- v. To seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain.
- v. To proceed along, with a view to some and or object; to follow; to go in
- v. To prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue.
- v. To follow as an example; to imitate.
- v. To follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account.
- v. To go in pursuit; to follow.
- v. To go on; to proceed, especially in argument or discourse; to continue.
- v. (Law) To follow a matter judicially, as a complaining party; to act as a prosecutor.
- v. follow in or as if in pursuit
- v. carry further or advance
- v. carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
- v. go in search of or hunt for
- From Anglo-Norman pursuer, poursuire et al., Old French porsuir, from Latin prōsequī (though influenced by persequī). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English pursuen, from Anglo-Norman pursuer, from Vulgar Latin *prōsequere, from Latin prōsequī; see prosecute. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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